TCU has been one of the most asked about teams since the bracket was announced, but it doesn’t matter now. The Frogs have a home game to win Wednesday.
In the end, the committee has made up its mind and the reasons why can be dissected endlessly. Six programs with lower NET rankings than TCU (52) made the tournament.
“It was a really close call, but unfortunately they were on the wrong side of the bubble,” Muir said of TCU.
TCU simply has to live with it and prepare for an NIT matchup against Sam Houston State at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Schollmaier Arena.
“I understand the guys were disappointed last night and it was understood,” Dixon said. “For us [coaching staff], the same thing. We’ve looked at some things since it happened, in the last 12 hours or so, and still have a lot of questions. But it is what it is.
I like the experimenting the NIT does with the rules.
Here is the complete list of rule changes for the NIT:
- The 3-point line will be extended from 20 feet, 6 inches to 22 feet, 1 and 3/4 inch, which is the same as the one used internationally.
- The lane will be widened from 12 feet to 16 feet, the same as the NBA.
- One-and-one bonuses will be eliminated. Every bonus equals two shots.
- Each half will be divided into two 10-minute periods, and the team foul count will reset at each 10-minute mark. In overtime, the team foul counts will also reset.
- A team will be in the bonus after the other team’s fifth foul in each 10-minute period (and fourth team foul in overtime), and/or after a second team foul with under two minutes to play in each 10-minute period (same applies for overtime).
- After a team collects an offensive rebound, the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of the normal 30 seconds.
This is so great. Having a former Frog like LT still so invested in his university is a win-win for TCU.
Helping to serve TCU and its student-athletes is an avenue Tomlinson is happy to serve.
”Since retirement, I have been working with my team to find the very best opportunities to serve,” Tomlinson said. “One of the greatest opportunities afforded me is certainly being a trustee. As I’m already engaged in year-round leadership development in other sectors, we are in perfect alignment with TCU’s student-athlete development programs and ultimately support TCU’s Lead On initiative. I look forward to our teams working closely to help build elite citizens year-round. We have to train these young leaders how to do what we are asking them to do. Leadership is developed year-round, not in retreats or semesters. We have the opportunity to lead the nation, and I intend to help ensure we do just that through this partnership.”
I’m still surprised the Frogs haven’t offered Seals yet - he’s one of the most talked about players in North Texas.
In fact, the Frogs’ first two commitments of their 2020 class will both be in attendance; receiver Dajon Harrison and cornerback Jahdae Barron. Harrison is the most recent commit to the Frogs as he made his decision on Friday night. Barron committed to the Frogs two weeks ago.
Surprisingly, the only quarterback in attendance that is currently on the Frogs’ radar is Weatherford’s Ken Seals. Seals doesn’t hold an offer from the Frogs but TCU is still keeping an eye on him. At running back, just two players will be in attendance that the Frogs have offered; Mesquite Poteet’s Seth McGowan, who is also making the drive south to compete and Zach Evans; the top player in the nation.